Charles Blackman 'Barbara'

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From his ‘Golden Era’ for drawing, this work of art comes from a 1965 Rowney Sketchbook and represents a deep dive into Charles Blackman’s practice. It is populated with scenes from his life in London before returning to Australia that year. These impressions are a wink in time – moments of sadness, inspiration or everyday life. Here, he draws his then wife and muse, Barbara Blackman. An author in her own right, this portrait presents Barbara as Charles saw her, intelligent and captivating. As always however, there is a hint of sadness – a reflection of her ailing eyesight. Direct from the Blackman Family’s private collection, this work is a rare and fascinating insight into the creative mind of one of Australia’s great artists.


In this sketch of Barbara, the artist can be witnessed honing his vision for more significant works like this portrait, also from 1965. 

Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)
'Barbara' 1965
ink on paper
Image Size: 14 x 9 cm
Signed: signed with initial B and dated 65. Inscribed in margin: I. O. W
Comes with Letter of Provenance
From the London Rowney sketchbook collection With Certificate of Authenticity from the artist's eldest son, Auguste
Availability: in stock
Condition: Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2019